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Colin Turchin returns for a Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale wrestling club that had several grapplers shine individually last season. The big heavyweight is ranked sixth by the Guillotine in Class A after putting together a season that saw him win 32 of 43 matches and qualify for state with a runner-up finish in the Section 6A meet. The Raiders will be looking for new talent to take the places of Jake Braaten and Amos Schmidt. Both standouts joined Turchin at state. Braaten ended his prep career with a 144-62 record. His section victory and trip to St. Paul produced a 30-4 record.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines have brought a contagious condition with them from the fall volleyball season -- winning. First-year girls' basketball head coach Keith Ferris saw his Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines rally from a 30-21 deficit Tuesday night to defeat traditional opening night foe Pierz 61-49 on the Elementary hardcourt. Coming off an unbelievable 33-0 volleyball season that made them the darlings and the champions of the Class AA state tournament, the Wolverines rode the double figure scoring of Emily Miron, Avery Jackson and Courtney Volkmann in beating Pierz.
A pheasant rooster standing on a yard in town, a Hungarian partridge on our front step, four big turkeys under a bird feeder and a wolf sleeping on West Battle Lake. These are four of the stories that imparted from relatives over the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend just past. What the heck is going on? Last Monday the area tasted a good dusting of snow followed by some horribly cold temperatures.
Girls' Basketball Wadena-Deer Creek 74, Sebeka 64 WDC: Caitlin Volkmann 22 points, 6 three-point field goals Avery Jackson 16 points Courtney Volkmann 10 points Emily Miron 11 rebounds, 4 blocks Sebeka: Alicia Boe 18 points Katianne Brockpahler 14 points Jessica Lillquist 13 points Katie Huttunen 12 points
Girls' Basketball Wadena-Deer Creek 61, Pierz 49 WDC: Emily Miron 16 points, Avery Jackson 13 points, Courtney Volkmann 13 points Pierz: Jayme Sczublewski 19 points Boys' Hockey Wadena-Deer Creek at Litchfield - Postponed
Carlson-Highland CPA Brian Jacobson walked the Verndale School Board through an independent auditor's report at its November meeting. Jacobson pointed out that the Verndale district has benefitted from increased enrollment since 2004, a rarity in outstate Minnesota. He also pointed out that a deficiency in internal controls exists but the district's method for dealing with it works satisfactorily. "Your structure does not have a good segregation of duties but by reviewing the bills and doing other procedures the board has mitigating control," Jacobson said.
Girls' Hockey Pequot Lakes Tournament Robbinsdale Cooper 9, LPGE-WDC 0
Friendly Rider is closing in on a milestone in its seven-year history. The bus transit system should be carrying its 250,000th rider within the next three weeks according to figures assembled by transit coordinator George Behl. Friendly Rider carries approximately 800 riders each week in the winter. The service had provided transportation for 247,534 riders as of Nov. 24. The small bus service carries a variety of passengers including elderly, handicapped, students and people having their vehicles repaired. Behl credits the drivers that Friendly Rider employs with their growth.
The Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek Blue Devils earned a split in their first week of Class A girls hockey play. The Blue Devils lost their opener 8-0 to the Litchfield Dragons Friday before edging Redwood Valley 5-4 Saturday. Litchfield 8, LPGE/WDC 0 Ellie Black had a four-goal game as the senior-led Dragons dominated the young Blue Devils. Emma Lemke and Kennedy Summerfeld also contributed with Lemke recording a goal and four assists and Summerfeld icing two goals and one assist. Sarah Holm had 30 saves for the Blue Devils while seventh-grader Skylar Houts stopped three shots.
An 8-2 finish and some good returning height have given new Wadena-Deer Creek head girls' basketball coach Keith Ferris plenty of optimism about the upcoming cage season. Ferris picked up plenty serving as assistant coach to head man Brian Silbernick last year and his transition into the top job has been a smooth one. "This is my fourth year coaching them and that's been a good thing," Ferris said. "I learned a lot from Coach Silbernick last year." Most of the WDC girls' basketball team made up the 33-0 WDC volleyball team that won the Class AA state title Nov. 13 in St.